Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×

Comment Re: User's need to take responsibility too. (Score 1) 223

You can get incredibly fine control over your mouse on Linux with xinput. Yes, you have to use the command line, and it takes a little experimentation, but it's all there for you to customise. To turn off mouse acceleration on OS X you need to open up a terminal and type
defaults write .GlobalPreferences com.apple.mouse.scaling -1
Then log out and back in, and frankly it still feels off. There is no way at all, short of installing 3rd party software, of turning off mouse wheel acceleration.

Mac keyboards use some weird ANSI / ISO hybrid keyboard layout if you're a UK user. If you plug in a PC ISO keyboard, then it will swap around a bunch of the keys (not just the @ and " keys). To make matters worse, I don't use the qwerty layout, and I cannot find a PC ISO Colemak layout for Mac. Karabiner used to let you fix the problem, but that no longer works (since it's classified as a keyboard logger). Ukelele lets you create new keyboard layouts... apparently. I struggled for several hours before giving up.

As for applications that still won't work properly with retina displays: MS Office, all the font and style previews are blocky. Inkscape, it's the entire application (apparently because it relies on XQuartz, which might never get retina support). It's certainly been getting better, but retina has been available for several years now.

So I'm left with a mouse profile and keyboard layout that just don't feel right and that I can't seem to fix. Certainly, it wasn't trivial to fix on Linux, but I did manage to figure it out, whereas I gave up trying on OS X. You might rightly say "these are some pretty niche problems", and maybe you're right, but they're pretty important to me, so that's been my experience with OS X.

Comment Re: User's need to take responsibility too. (Score 3, Interesting) 223

That is debatable. Having used Linux for around 13 years, and OS X for about 4, I personally find Linux easier to use. The number of times I've struggled to make something work in OS X, even something as simple as turn off mouse scroll wheel acceleration and make the mouse movement less jumpy.

OS X is probably easy to use if you're happy with the default configuration and all your applications can be installed via drag and drop, but the moment you start trying to do something else, or want a different music player to iTunes, then that user friendliness just seems to dwindle away. I still don't know how to make my mouse feel right, or stop many applications from looking horrible on a retina display. I find aptitude much easier than the mix of Mac Ports and manual installation / updating.

Frankly, if I didn't need access to Microsoft products for collaboration purposes and hadn't been given a MBP by my work, then I'd happily use Linux full time (btw no, I'm not an application developer or full time programmer, just a university researcher).

Comment Re:How (Score 1) 301

You'll still find 'thou' in various parts of the UK. It died out partly because of a dislike of Quakers who refused to accept ranking in society (they're lovely people), and a fear of not recognising one's betters (since the classes became increasingly blurred), but it didn't die out completely. Also in Shetland you'll hear 'du', 'dine', etc.

Unfortunately, I think the rules for using 'thou', 'thee', and 'thy' are fairly complex. "Thou art", "thou goest", "thou dost", "thou wilt", ...

That said, while most of us don't use it, we can still figure out what people mean when they say it, rather like how we can figure out what people mean when they use singular they.

Comment Re:Nope, I'll use he, she, they, there, their etc. (Score 1) 301

You are allowed to use "are" with a singular, such as "what are you wearing?" when referring to just one person. For some reason everyone seems to forget that usage when quibbling over singular they!

However, while I'm perfectly happy to use singular they (and frequently do), I wouldn't start combining it with "is".

Comment Re:underlines! (Score 1) 202

I've been using Linux exclusively for about 13 years. To me, 2003 was the year of the Linux desktop, and then every year since then.

Just because it hasn't achieved the popularity of Windows or OSX, doesn't mean it isn't just as capable (I've used a MacBook Pro for 4 years at work, and I still haven't been persuaded to make the switch at home). I installed it on my mother's ageing laptop a few years ago, and she's been pretty happy using it since then.

Comment Re:Best Linux Distro (Score 1) 224

Mint is what I've been using for probably around 7 years now (can't remember exactly). Before that it was Ubuntu, and before that Gentoo and a couple of other things as I tested the water.

It's not perfect (no OS is), but I feel really comfortable using it, there are usually minimal surprises when upgrading, and I'm not afraid to recommend it to other people interested in trying Linux.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 857

You make a lot of good points there, and I mostly agree.

WRT truth: yes there's a difference between lying and being mistaken, but in general I'd rather that most things that a politician says are true, regardless of motivation.

And yes, while I'd rather see Hillary in charge over Trump, I still think she should be held to the same high standards of any other president.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 857

Hillary has been under investigation for years now, thanks to the Republican party. And she's been largely or completely exonerated every time her enemies have had her investigated, which has been every time they thought they could get away with it.

Sooner or later they're going to have to either accept that she hasn't, in fact, done anything noteworthy, or that she's just too good an opponent for them.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 857

Ah, so your argument is "I'm not biased, you are!"

As I said, I'm not going to rely on what friends say, or my own prejudices, and I won't claim to know from the debates which statements were true and which weren't. So I'm citing Politifact, an independent fact checking website. They found that Hillary was the second most honest politician among the various presidential hopefuls. Who do you cite?

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 857

Actually Hillary is pretty honest. She's been scrutinised thoroughly by various new watch dog groups, and came out more honest than even Bernie. Politifact put her 2nd after Obama, while Trump came up number 1 most dishonest.

Also the evidence suggests that she's not owned by Wall Street. She's voted for some pretty tough regulations on Wall Street, and her campaign line is that she's aggressively tackling Wall Street corruption. Even Bernie, who campaigned on the idea that she was in Wall Street's pocket, wasn't able to find any good evidence to back that up.

I think too many of us were enthused by Bernie and that didn't translate into enthusiasm for Hillary, so we've not done enough to clear her. She's had a lot of stuff thrown at her that doesn't survive close scrutiny.

Comment Scottish so can't vote but... (Score 1) 993

If I could vote, I'd vote Jill Stein & Green. I don't agree with her on everything, but she's my favourite among the lot. That said, the US needs to get a decent voting system and ditch First Past The Post. FPTP as a system of casting votes is no longer fit for purpose, and more of a hindrance in the path of democracy than a vehicle.

You need a system that offers ranking, so you can vote for who you want, not against who you don't, and can stop thinking about voting tactically. It's awful that people have to vote Democrat, simply to stop the Republicans, or risk splitting the vote. If you could say "Jill Stein, but if she fails then Hillary", that would be so much more satisfying.

You need proportional representation (PR), so that everyone is represented according to their proportion, and vote fixing tactics like gerrymandering no longer matter. More importantly, every vote would matter. PR doesn't have to be nationwide, it can offer huge benefits just from amalgamating 4-9 local voting districts.

Also stop thinking in terms of two parties. Have many smaller parties. Have a minority government that has to work together and agree on things to make changes, rather than be able to push things through simply due to a majority (which currently doesn't even represent half the population). Sure, you'd get a few extremists in (who represent the extremists in the country), but they still wouldn't have carte blanche to push through their extremist policies, and maybe then you wouldn't have extremists who thought their voice wasn't getting hurt, and deciding to take a more violent approach to getting their message across.

The Scottish government, is about to start debating whether we should move from AMR to STV. We have a popular minority government, and we're sitting down and discussing how to improve the mechanics of democracy even further. How cool is that?

Comment Re:Thanks to (Score 1) 369

A minute or two to fix a post would be handy, because frequently the only problem is something trivial like misspelling a bit of code so it doesn't work, a stray apostrophe, you've lost your paragraph structure, or noticing that your phone's autocorrect has tricked you. I know there's preview, but still.

It's not like you're typically fundamentally rewriting the whole thing, just fixing a few misplaced characters to sort out a broken post. It could make the whole board look a lot tidier too.

Replying to your comment to correct an ambiguity or link or something often looks untidy, and the reply won't always get the same visibility as the original comment.

Slashdot Top Deals

Evolution is a million line computer program falling into place by accident.